February 23rd, 2020 8pm Stage 2
Celebrating Rockwood Music Hall’s 15-Year Anniversary!
We all have to hit reset on our lives sooner or later. Indie-pop singer-songwriter Maria Neckam was met with an unexpected heartbreak that sent her careening through a smorgasbord of emotions. Then forced to contend with a new life, she bravely picked up the pieces and now reemerges with her colorful, playful and altogether moving new album called The Leap. Through the towering 12-song lineup, she carves out lush compositions that needle through desire, joy, sadness, anger, hope and contentment. She punctuates such raw performances with an expanse of musical touch points, all the while rooting her stories unapologetically in her own quirky identity.
Neckam turns the emotional, psychological screws in a way that’s magnificently-visceral and supercharged with universal truths. Alongside co-producers Steve Wall (Lucius, Sister Sparrow) and Jon Cowherd (Norah Jones, Rosanne Cash, Iggy Pop), a collaborative tapestry that permits Neckam to stretch her usual boundaries, The Leap pings between intimate moments and more volatile mixes. She balances on the tightrope with incisive urgency, both in allowing herself to gallop ahead unimpeded and recenter her classic structures.
The Leap is much more than a musical statement. It represents her own willingness to explore within the world blooming around her and to take risks. Her words pierce like arrows from Cupid’s gentle quiver, and her voice balances between smooth confessionals and mountain-tumbling majesty.